I was at The Par Lounge on Thursday and experienced their fun new theme celebrating “Throwback Thursday” (#TBT)! For several weeks now on Thursday nights they’ve been featuring a number of culinary classics that have withstood the test of time. I was in hog heaven when I learned they were featuring Chicken Parmesan this past Thursday. A popular dish that has been a staple in restaurants since the 1950’s. The Par’s chicken parm was reasonably priced at only $12.
When my order came out I was impressed by the size of the chicken. I’m not certain if it was pounded or butterflied, but it had a nice uniform thinness all throughout. The chicken itself was thoughtfully brined which made it tender, moist and succulent. It had a modestly seasoned parmesan breadcrumb coating and a luxurious blanket of melted mozzarella cheese. The side of spaghetti could have been a larger portion. It seemed fairly diminutive next to the huge slab of chicken, although the plating and presentation were beautiful. It was obvious the marinara was house-made and not off the Sysco truck. Made with San Marzano maters, etc., it was excellent. Not overly robust like you get at some places, but well balanced and flavorful.
The only thing that would have perfectly rounded out this dish would be a nice, crispy piece of buttery garlic bread. It would be great if they carried this chicken parm on their everyday menu; I would definitely order it again. Other #TBT dishes I’ve seen them feature include Beef Stroganoff and even meatloaf. I have no doubt these would be delicious, modern adaptations from the talented chefs at OG/Par. Looking forward to trying them soon.